Michael Hammond


Michael has been writing for close to a decade. A former reporter and radio personality, Michael has worked for the Canadian Press, Waterloo Region Record, Ottawa Sun, Peterborough Examiner and a number of other publications. His first novel, Redemption Song, was published in print in 2006 by Baico Publishing. The book was a featured bestseller on CanadaBooksOnline.com. Michael lives in Ottawa, Canada with his wife and daughter.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in southwestern Ontario called Corunna. It is on the border with Michigan, USA and located next to Sarnia's Chemical Valley, not to mention vast stretches of farm land. Growing up in the area gave me an appreciation for the stories of middle class families, blue collar workers and their daily struggles to get ahead. I think many of my stories reflect the theme of people trying to get ahead, make their mark in the world and grab a sliver of glory. To me, the most interesting story is not the story of the rich and famous but the story of the person next door.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in my teens when I dabbled in awful poetry. I started writing seriously when I was in my twenties and working late nights as a city hall reporter in Peterborough, Ont. Having much of the conventional workday to myself when everyone else was working, I found the silence a brilliant motivational force for my imagination. I wrote the bulk my first novel in four months.
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Price: Free! Words: 3,850. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Everyone likes a good ghost story, except for Dave. Logical to a fault, the teenager comes face-to-face with one of his town's scariest folk tales late one night at a lonely country crossroads. The terrifying experience makes him question his instincts. Is someone trying to teach him a lesson or is there really something sinister lurking in the countryside?
Introducing Happiness
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,820. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
Jordy Lee's hard-luck family is at a breaking point. Jordy is away from home, saving for school, but finds himself framed for a bizarre crime by his boss. His sister Katie is getting ready for college but has a secret that will tear her family apart. Meanwhile, widower Henry Lee is unable to get over the death of his wife. Remarkably, it's at a funeral when the family must decide to find peace.
Has Been
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 34,660. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Literary collections » Canadian
It's been twenty years since Jim Stahl was known as pop star J.J. Styles. After a popular band covers his hit from the eighties, Jim embarks on a disastrous comeback, which is controlled by shady music executives who prey on Jim's last grasp for glory. Realizing time has past him by and determined to grow old gracefully, Jim sabotages his own comeback, even if it means losing everything.
Personal Jesus
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 33,850. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Will and his wife Cheryl live in an unhappy marriage with boring jobs. When they fail to find the solution to their chronic sadness, they get sucked into a doomsday cult. When Will discovers the truth behind the cult's savvy leader, he escapes the cult but fails to free his wife. Relying on skills he never knew he had, Will engages in a cat-and-mouse chase across America to save his wife.
Kent Bridge
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,270. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Literary collections » Canadian
Eleanor has run the crossroads store for decades and knows all there is to know about her tiny corner of Kent County. When a stranger named Vincent makes an unexpected offer to buy the store, Eleanor is rattled by his persistence and veiled threats. Not wanting to ask anyone for a thing, Eleanor is forced to go to her rural neighbours for help to find out why this ruthless man is after her.
One In Ten Thousand
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,800. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
The average person meets 10,000 people in a lifetime. At a crime scene, grizzled crime reporter Dave Simmons accidentally reunites with the only woman he's ever loved, who saved his life one night before disappearing. Now in a position to save her life, Dave tries to seize the moment and tell her she's his one in 10,000. But time has changed them both, making a happy ending elusive.
Marigold Sky
Price: Free! Words: 3,450. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The best day of Mario Fortunato's life turns out to be his worst. After having the unbelievable good luck to find a large amount of money literally flying out of an armored truck on the freeway, Mario thinks his life might finally be turning around. But his elation turns to paranoia as he tries to hide his secret in a small town where everyone knows your secrets, especially those up to no good.
The Day The Music Died
Price: Free! Words: 2,650. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Every generation has its voice. For troubled teen Grace Hoppe, it is a pop star Chad Carter-Stefano. When her idol dies tragically, Grace struggles to find hope. When her idol appears to her in a dream, Grace is convinced she needs to share his one last message with the world.
King Eddie
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,230. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure, Fiction » Literary collections » Canadian
After reluctantly giving his life to the town's mill, Eddie Daoust is biding his time until retirement. Never one to bother with union politics, Eddie keeps his head down until the economy goes south and the mill's owner locks out the workers. Eddie is suddenly thrust into a stand-off he never wanted and is forced to hold the mill for ransom in order to save what future the town has left.
Redemption Song
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,090. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A popular singer finds himself in a hazy netherworld following an accident he can't even recall. In state of forced solitude with no day or night, David Perrin's mission is to find out what happened and where he went wrong. Along his journey, David revisits the pivotal moments of his rise to fame, guided by a strange angel that bears an uncanny resemblance to his music idol, Layne Staley.

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  • Jacob's Cross on June 30, 2009
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    Introspective story on how we deal with death. I really enjoyed reading this story. It left me with some questions in the end, but I'm guessing that was the point. Excellent writing.
  • Assisted Suicide on July 24, 2013

    A gritty, world-weary tale with thoroughly believable dialogue. An absolute gut punch of an ending.
  • Mount Good Take on July 28, 2013

    Beautifully written story by an author who has a wonderfully compassionate voice. An interesting take on the search for meaning in life.
  • Just One Day on Aug. 28, 2013

    A very stylish and slick read. The author does a masterful job of building suspense to the very last word. An incredible amount of detail and imagery for a short story.